Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" - festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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666
Ratings:
4,394
pDev:
8.28%
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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of peterpunk15
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeLev
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmar25
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with rich tan head and sticky lacing.
N: Chocolate, coffee, nuts, vanilla, and malt.
T: Follows the nose, very rich coffee flavors with a great chocolate/vanilla hit and a nutty finish.
M: Medium
O: This was a fantastic beer, I could drink this every day.

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Photo of poppopintheattic11
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchase from the US. Served chilled into a chalice. Batch #016. 1 Pint can.

Appearance - Dark, very dark nearing engine oil black. A finger of fluffy dark tan head is poured, staying for some time and leaving behind a thin curtain of lacing. Obscures all light.

Smell - Wet coffee grounds, almonds and vanilla extract. Not a lot else, and the vanilla is a little too sweet for my liking.

Taste - Sweet initially, then some coffee shines through with some astringent prickliness. Almonds are a nice touch but the vanilla finishes quite sweet. Reminds me of Victory at Sea with extra vanilla sweetness and hints of almonds. Also not quite as good. Coffee is quite subdued all things considered. Not sure if this is a so called pastry stout, but at the very least would seem to straddle that line. Chocolate mixed in for good measure. Alcohol is not terribly well hidden although that's hard to do at 11.5% ABV. Bubblegum is something else that comes to mind with a fake banana flavor after repeated visits.

Mouthfeel - Astringent prickliness when the coffee flavor kicks in, otherwise, dense and chewy. Slick going down the gullet with some alcohol burn.

Overall - A pretty good big boy stout, wish there was a little more bitterness and less vanilla going on in Imperial Biscotti Break, but otherwise a tasty brew that I'm fortunate to have another 3 cans of. Considering the rep, I'm somewhat disappointed, but everyone has beers that they feel this way about.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint can

Completely black. Looks dense and oily. Low carbonation. Head dissipates quickly.

Aroma: yes, there are almonds, vanilla (artificial), chocolate and lots of coffee.

Taste: follows the nose, and there's an artificial thing going on with this one at first sip. After that the coffee takes dominance and the whole gets better.

Mouthfeel: it's very easy drinking for a 11,5% beer. I think thats because of the artificial flavours that make the beer thinner. Aftertaste is a bit weird.

Overall: its a good beer, but too artificial for me to consider it as 'world class' like Jesus.

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Photo of estajoe
3.29/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KarlHvK
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JeffSK
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidR_9
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #013 20:14
Poured into snifter. Looks opaque black, tan to brownish thin bubbly head that fades to a thin layer of suds and more around the rim.
Smell is very faint but I get roasty grain, light roast coffee beans, tiny hint of vanilla.
Taste is much more intense. Big wave of roasted grains followed by a medium-light intensity toasty, nutty almond flavor with a thin blanket of vanilla on the back. Bitter roastiness from the malts and a hint of coffee on the finish with light lingering almond and vanilla.
This beer is sooo smooth for a 11.5%er. This must have been aging at least a year or two because the coffee is nearly gone but the brew is so well rounded and smooth. Pretty thin and carbonated for an imperial stout of this caliber but it seems to work for this flavor profile.

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Photo of pirateclem
3.09/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The flavors mentioned on the label are barely describable outside of the booziness of the poorly done 11.5%. The dark color and carmely-dark head look awesome, a faint waft of almonds and vanilla on the nose really got me ready for this. Then the hit of the Booze-Stout. And it didn't get better. I tried it cold, I tried it warm, I tried it here, i tried it there, I tried it in a box I tried it with a fox.

I did not like Booze-Stout, I did not like it Sam I am.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard poured from a pint can. It pours a thick and heavy black. The initial head was a medium tan that most of disappeared fairly quick, however what remains laced the glass pretty decent. Smells and tastes follow each other, which is definitely big time coffee but there’s definitely notes of vanilla and nuts. Mid range carbonation which works well for this type of beer. Very good and very classic imperial stout taste, with a little vanilla and nuts for good measure.

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Photo of dustin22martin
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Almighty1
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and dark, coffee and vanilla notes. A good stout.

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Photo of Franklin-Yeo
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aprabhu
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CaptainHate
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is very smooth and balanced with the alcohol burn being nonexistent. Although I'm a big fan of aging beer I don't see any reason to not drink this fresh. Very tasty to sip. As it warms up you can taste the almonds.

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Photo of markjknowles
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After drinking my first pint of Even More Jesus my mind was thoroughly blown. It was one of those beers I still think about while lying awake in bed. So exited was I that on the Tavour site I hungrily snag every Evil Twin offering they provided. And then I returned to the place of my Even More Jesus purchase and snagged me one of these Imperial Biscotti Breaks. Oh, that now familiar Imperial black hole void. A bit more fragrant than my previous purchase. Just when I thought there would be no head to top the gravitous blackness, a half inch of ephemeral and umbrous foam, slightly reddish, emerged. So I drank it. Meh... A little anticlimactic, honestly. Certainly not terrible. Well, it was at grocery store refrigerator temperature. Let it warm a little. The iced coffee flavor starts to allow the almond and vanilla to poke through. Still a slightly off aftertaste. But still quite nice. I probably won't buy another. Even More Jesus is right next to it. Hard not to grab that.

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Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,394 ratings